American companies across a spectrum of industries—travel, finance, services—are offering part-time workers the kinds of high-quality benefits once reserved for full-timers, all in an effort to attract and retain the best employees.
For Tuition Reimbursement
Top company: UPS
Going back to school? With the Earn and Learn program, part-timers can rack up $3,000 in tuition assistance per calendar year, with a lifetime limit of $15,000 (part-time managers get $4,000 with a $20,000 maximum). Eligibility begins the day you're hired. In 2010, UPS gave $24 million in tuition support to about 14,000 students.
Bonus: UPS also offers scholarships to employees' children.
Runners-up: Publix and Kaplan. After six months of continuous service at Publix, any employee who works at least 10 hours per week can participate in the generous Publix tuition reimbursement program. If you're attending a four-year college for an academic degree, you get $3,200 annually, up to $12,800. For individual courses or a technical school, staffers receive $1,700 per calendar year, with a limit of $3,400. At Kaplan, benefits start on the first day of your employment. You also have the opportunity to work remotely.